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Teams: Marseille v Arsenal

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#OMARS La compo de l'OM: Mandanda - Fanni, N'Koulou, Mendes, Morel - Romao, Imbula - Payet, Valbuena, A.Ayew - Gignac

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#OMARS La compo d'Arsenal: Szczesny - Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs - Flamini, Ramsey - Walcott, Wilshere, Ozil - Giroud

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Gignac not off to Newcastle

Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is adamant he will not be leaving the club despite speculation over his future.

I have never wanted to leave. (The links with) Newcastle and the rest, it is all bulls***.

My mind is always on OM and I let Jean-Christophe (Cano, his agent), Vincent (Labrune, OM president) and Jose (Anigo, sporting director) know that.

– Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac speaking to L'Equipe

Barton calms rumours

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Its well known who I support. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that out. Good football agents will always be looking to move...

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...players, thats how they make money. Recent rumours are slightly wide of the mark, everyone knows where I would like to end up, in France.

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No matter what happens, I intend to enjoy my football and play with a smile on my face. Again, wherever that maybe. Careers are too short

OM close on Imbula

Marseille have reached an agreement in principle with Guingamp to sign highly rated midfielder Gianelli Imbula, subject to a medical.

The Belgium-born 20-year-old, who helped Guingamp win promotion to Ligue 1 last term, is reportedly on the verge of penning a five-year contract after the clubs agreed an initial fee believed to be in the region of 7million euros.

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